Hope this finds you and yours safe and healthy! As you may recall from prior communications and our attendance and presentation at your community / neighborhood meeting in 2020, Fulton County and Southface are working on a Resilience Hub (Hub) project to enhance community resilience to social, economic and environmental challenges through outreach and engagement, education, services and program offerings, and implementation of technologies. We are excited to announce the Metropolitan Branch Library in your community has been chosen as a candidate in addition to Louise Watley Library Southeast and Neighborhood Union Health Center to possibly serve as a Hub.
We are reaching out to engage with leaders and members of communities and neighborhoods, organizations, businesses and elected officials about their community’s needs and priorities. The project team and community partners will conduct two community engagement and visioning sessions at each of the three facilities to inform local residents and facility staff about resilient technologies and practices that can be implemented in their homes, businesses, and the Hub, and gather community input on the priorities and needs of a Hub in their community to enhance resiliency.
Your community’s engagement session will take place on Mar. 18 at 6:30pm via Zoom. Registration is required and can be done by accessing this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcu2prz8pGNPuVZukmgwqcVhicz42n2xH
We are requesting your support and participation in the engagement sessions to help make this a success by gathering community input and voice. Grocery gift cards ($10) will be provided to all participants attending at least one session and participants of both sessions will be entered in a raffle to win one of two $50 grocery gift cards. Attached is the flyer outlining the event details of your community’s virtual engagement sessions to share with your community members and neighbors. The project description and social media kit are also attached for reference and distribution
Resilience is certainly a relevant term considering what we are experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather events, our definition is the capability to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover stronger from significant threats or stresses, maximizing social, economic, and environmental benefits. In a climate change context, resilience is reducing the causes of human-driven climate change and preparing for and managing the impacts. Both definitions apply a social and racial equity lens, with attention to procedural, distributional, structural, and transgenerational aspects of equity.
We recognize that each community and facility are unique and there will be valuable insights and perspectives that we need to account for in determining the best site to receive investment and become the Fulton County Resilience Hub demonstration facility. While only one facility will become a Hub at this time, all sites will receive significant engagement, education, services and programming, and resiliency resources.
Please let us know of any questions or comments. We look forward to “seeing” you and your community members and neighbors!
Senior Project Manager, Policy and Community Impact, Southface